Sunday 12th April 2020

Sunday 12th April 2020

Birding in Lockdown: Links to Garden Lockdown Listing League and our Birding Ideas Page, helping to make the most of extra time as a result of the lockdown.

Late news, 11/4, Freathy: 1 Black-throated Diver, 6 Manx Shearwater, 12 Razorbill, in the late evening. (M Jordan)

Freathy: 1 Red-throated Diver, 2 Manx Shearwater, 3 Razorbill, 1 Fulmar early morning. (M Jordan)

Falmouth, Gyllyngvase Beach: pr Eider. (M Burnley) in addition 4 Sandwich Tern. (J St Ledger)

College Reservoir:  80 Herring Gull, 5 LBBGull, 8 Mute Swan, 1 Common Sandpiper, 2 Willow Warbler, 1 Swallow. (D Chaney)

Stithians Reservoir: 6 Cormorant, 17 Canada Goose, 25 Tufted Duck (16m 9f), 5 Great Crested Grebe, 5 Little Grebe, 6 Coot, 8 Moorhen, 9 Mallard (1 with 9 ducklings), 25 Herring Gull, 3 LBBGull, 1 Cuckoo (h), 15+ Chiffchaff, 39 Willow Warbler, 7 Blackcap, 1 Sedge Warbler, 1 Whitethroat (singing male warblers),16 Linnet, 3 Meadow Pipit, 3 Reed Bunting, 3 Skylark, 5 Swallow, 2 Starling, 2 Raven (D Chaney)

Rame Common: 5 Willow Warbler, 2m Stonechat, 1 Stoat (D Chaney)

Gwenver: 15 Common Scoter. (C Moore)

Hayle to Godolphin via Townshend: Numerous species seen and heard singing:Greenfinch, Goldfinch, Chaffinch, Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, Garden Warbler, Blackcap, Skylark, Goldcrest, Blackbird, Song Thrush, Nuthatch. other species seen Swallow, Buzzard, Raven (J Evans)

Bisso Trail: Tawny Owl roosting. Lots of Willow Warbler, Green Woodpecker and 2 pairs of Meadow Pipit. (S Turner)

Truro: 1 Red Kite over Kenwyn at 1 35pm. (R Augarde)

Tresillian: 1 drake Mandarin on private pond. (A le Masurier)

Newlyn: 2cy Iceland Gull again at Tolcarne, first time seen since 7th. (M Ahmad)

Boscathnoe Reservoir: 1 Wheatear, 1 Willow Warbler. (P St Pierre)

Coverack: Basking Shark offshore. (J Foster)

Caer Bran: 1 Cuckoo. (per M Elliott)

Gwavas: 1 Grasshopper Warbler (D Wright)

Grasshopper Warbler – Dougy Wright

Lowertown: 2 Mistle Thrush (D Wright) Also, Dipper below stepping stone (A Witheywood)

Dipper – A Witheywood

Mullion: 1 Swallow (J Allely)

St Ives: Cuckoo calling at Higher Stennack. (M Rouncefield)

Downderry:  55 Manx Shearwater, 19 Common Scoter, a Whimbrel, 2 Red-throated Diver, 8 Great Northern Diver, 2 Sandwich Tern, 6 Razorbill, 1 Wheatear and a Curlew. (A Payne)

Marazion Beach: 48 Common Scoter, 2 Great Northern Diver, Black-throated Diver, 28 Turnstone, 47 Common Gull, 12 Whimbrel. On the Marsh 1 Grasshopper Warbler. (S. Rogers).

Cornwall Lockdown Diary, Day 20:

With the Easter weather as benign as this, evening twilight is to be savoured. The air is still and chill. The light seeps away and the first stars are spangling the heavens. This is the time favoured by our other great chorister – the Song Thrush. It is 8.30 and he has the arena to himself. He picks a spot high up in the holm oak and lets rip. It is like no other birdsong. More like an orator at Speaker’s Corner, he doesn’t so much sing as declaim; repeating, repeating, repeating his ideas for added emphasis. He leaves you in no doubt about what he has to say.

Some of the notes and phrases are sweet, almost melodic. But they are interspersed with random noises, squeaks and wheezes like the ‘interference’ on an old radio set. While the Blackbird’s song is properly musical, the Song Thrush’s is captivating but undeniably eccentric. It is impossible not to hear it through to the end. But end it does as the last of the light drains away and the garden is reclaimed by the Tawny Owls and shuffling creatures of the night.

Happy Easter to all, from both Simon and the bird news team.

Simon Marquis (